Press conferences are customary. They are important.
The President is not granting a press conference tomorrow / post election — instead he is doing what he wants to do and that is just reading a statement. So much for transparency, huh? We can’t get answers to important issues? I think he is hiding from the press – he doesn’t want the White House Press Corps to ask something.
There is a big difference between answering questions by the White House Press Corps and reading a statement. At a press conference, the press asks the questions that the press believes important and presumably the President will answer. With a statement, the President spoon feeds what he wants people to hear and leaves. A statement means the President is inaccessible. I don’t even know why he bothers to read it — he might as well just email it.
Note the rough notes from FNC’s Ed Henry:
Per Ed Henry:
reportable from senior admin official — no news conference tmrw — statement on economy, fiscal cliff, working w/congress
officials say statement will be in East Room — somewhere around 1pm ET — this is his first post-election statement at the White House. He obviously spoke Tues nite at his party